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New Film Class Teacher Focused on Building Students' Confidence and Social Skills

News for 01.09.18
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“The filmmaking process nurtures creativity, communication, and a common goal. It is also a platform that can influence positive social change." – Catherine Lee

We are pleased to introduce Catherine Lee, our new Gatepath Social Connection Film and Media Arts Class teacher for teens and young adults with learning or developmental differences. Catherine’s class not only introduces students to the various technical and creative aspects of filmmaking and media arts, but also focuses on building social and communication skills as students collaborate with one another on projects.


After finding her passion for filmmaking during her college years, Catherine began her professional filmmaking career by producing a show broadcast on public access television about 20 years ago.

“I saw the camera as an amazing way to tell stories, connect with people, and shed light on current issues that impact underserved populations in our communities,” she said.

Catherine gained hands-on experience over the years by taking on a variety of filmmaking roles, including producer, editor, writer and marketer. She’s also been an advocate for underrepresented communities in media and has worked on documentaries, experimental shorts, television shows, music videos and PSAs.

Prior to working at Gatepath, Catherine spent more than two and a half years as an instructor and outreach coordinator for the Futures Explored Practical Film and Media Workshop – a franchise of Joey Travolta's Inclusion Films. In that role, she supported classes for their vocational training program for adults with developmental disabilities. Catherine holds a degree in psychology and is working towards a journalism degree.


Catherine’s teaching philosophy emphasizes a student’s personal growth over the mastery of technical skills. And her film classes open a dialogue for individuals and teams, and offer a supportive space for creative expression and personal growth that reaches beyond vocational training. "Teaching social skills comes with the very nature of creative work,” she said. “Collaboration, creative play of ideas, confidence building, and communication. These skills are filtered and developed through the film and media classroom environment."


Catherine aims to be a supportive teacher to those with alternative learning styles. “I hope to help build confidence in artists with different abilities through hands-on guidance, practice, and individualized attention that builds each student’s strengths and interests,” she said.

Join us in welcoming Catherine to the Gatepath team.